April 19th, 2017 – One Alex Jones has saturated the airwaves and the ears of the president with passionate conspiracy theories about 9/11, Sandy Hook, Obama, the LGBTQ community, and apparently the other Alex Jones is simply a “performance artist.” Jones, the 43-year-old far-right radio host of Info Wars, has reached a forced point of professional reflection as he and his ex-wife are in a custody battle for their three children.
Ex-wife, Kelly Jones, is seeking sole custody citing Jone’s unstable behavior and the fact that he tapes his shows at his home where the children are staying.
“He’s not a stable person,” she told the court. “He says he wants to break Alec Baldwin’s neck. He wants J-Lo to get raped.”
“I’m concerned that he is engaged in felonious behavior, threatening a member of Congress,” she added, referencing his recent comments about Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California. “He broadcasts from home. The children are there, watching him broadcast.”
Jones’ lawyer,Randall Wilhite, is using the defense of acting saying the shock jock is merely playing a part.
“He’s playing a character. He is a performance artist.” Wilhite said in a Texas courtroom during a pre-trial hearing.
Wilhite added that using Jones’ on-air persona to judge him as a father would be like judging Jack Nicholson in a custody dispute based on his performance as the Joker in Batman.
Others have made comparisons to clearly categorized satirical shows such as The Colbert Report and The Daily Show, which have brought arguments and jokes about the chosen defense.
Alex Jones is “a performance artist?” Stating that Sandy Hook was a hoax isn’t a performance – that is an act of pure evil. #AlexJones
Jones himself did a bit of a walk back saying he was an actor just as much as everyone else is, but he’s also real and believes in what he stands for. He shared his reaction to the backlash from some fans who were disappointed in finding out this was all a show.
For Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah, they responded in familiar fashion: jokes from their late-night comedy shows. Colbert morphed into alter-ego Tuck Buckford, from the show “Brain Fight with Tuck Buckford” to mock Jones. And Noah reminded viewers that Jones’ “act” has real consequences.
Do you think Alex Jones is simply a performance artist or is this just a misuse of an excuse? If he is just playing a part, do you think he needs to carry more responsibility for how that art has resonated with viewers?